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Published March 26, 2023

OPP investigating sexual assault in Port Carling

Investigators believe there may have been witnesses in the area at the time of the assault
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Provincial police are seeking the public's assistance in relation to a sexual assault investigation in Port Carling.

Police say a sexual assault was reported to have taken place in the parking lot of a private golf club off Highway 118 West on July 7, 2022, between midnight and 1:00 a.m.

"The victim, a female in her early 40s, was approached and sexually assaulted by a male while standing outside the rear door of a white Ford F-150 pickup truck in the staff parking area approximately 150 yards (~140 metres) from the main club building entrance," officers stated in a release. "The male then quickly walked away towards the general parking lot area."

OPP describe the man as 5'8" with a lean build, short salt and pepper hair, wearing a white long-sleeve shirt, and dark-coloured pants.

Investigators believe there may have been witnesses in the area at the time of the assault.

Anyone who may have witnessed the sexual assault or has any information is asked to contact Bracebridge OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

The following is a message from OPP

A sexual offence can be reported to police no matter how long ago it happened, and someone can be charged. Our duty is to bring an appropriate resolution to the case by conducting a professional and thorough investigation, while at the same time providing the necessary information, resources and support.

We are here to help. Sexual assault is never the victim's fault. It does not matter what situation they were in, who they were with or where. Sexual assault is the fault of the person who commits the crime.

The OPP has a dedicated Victim Response Support Unit that provides guidance to members of the OPP to ensure sexual assault investigations achieve the best possible outcomes for victims, who are provided with ongoing support throughout the entire process.

Sexual assault can be reported by calling the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or 9-1-1 in an emergency. More information is available by visiting www.opp.ca and searching 'sexual assault.'

If you do not want to make a report to police or need time and support to make that decision, we have partnered with many other agencies that can help. 211 provides information on and referrals to local community, social, health-related and government services. Simply call/text 2-1-1 or visit 211.ca for more information.

You can also find local resources and support by searching your location on the Victim Services Directory at http://services.findhelp.ca/ovss/ or contacting the Rape Coalition of Ontario at https://sexualassaultsupport.ca/.

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